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Well, this is the last column for March. Tomorrow is April 1, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day. So be careful of harmless pranks that might come your way.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department thanks everyone that came out for bingo. We had a good turnout. It was good to see and visit with people.
The next one is scheduled for May 6. They also will soon start selling tickets for the Memorial Day Boston Butts.
I want to thank Kerry Hatchett, Terry Wilson and Jodi McDade for joining me on Saturday morning at the old rock jail. We cleaned, swept and dusted for more than three hours. There’s still more to be done. We didn’t even start on any of the displays, so we need to schedule another cleaning day. At least we got the top layer!
We will have a Historical Society meeting on the fourth Sunday in April. More about that later.
We plan to reopen the old rock jail on Sunday afternoons beginning in May. However, right now, we only have volunteers for the first and third Sundays of May through October. If anyone is interested in helping on the second and fourth Sundays, please contact me for more information. We also welcome new members!
My last women to highlight are my grandmothers, my mother and my mother-in-law. My granny lost her husband when she was in her early 40s with three children still at home. Her earlier life had been hard burying two children, one newborn and one of her sons at the age of 16.
In addition to that, my granddaddy had men he worked cutting timber, and Granny cooked for them on a wood stove and drew water out of a well. I would stay with her many weekends, and she would tell me about family and her life. But she wasn’t complaining, just telling the facts.
Then, every summer, I would spend at least a couple of weeks with my grandparents in Elmore County. The highlight was helping my grandmama get ready for VBS. She taught the primary class using a flannel board. I loved to help cut out people and animals!
Then we would go fishing, not in a boat with rods and reels, but in a nearby pond or creek with cane poles. She would always bring snacks, Vienna sausage and cinnamon rolls with that thick white icing.
Lastly, but not less important, are my mama and my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law was a true Proverbs 31 woman. I never heard her complain or ever raise her voice. She raised eleven children while helping raise cotton and farm. She spent her last years with several health issues and required someone around the clock, but she always had a smile for you.
Then, my mama. There is so much I could say, but don’t want to embarrass her. She has always been a role model for me in all ways, being a wife and mother, being neat in hair and clothes, and providing a welcoming home for all. I love you!
My scripture reading this week is from Proverbs in honor and recognition of all women. Proverbs 31:31 reads, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
The entire passage is verses 10–31. None of the women I have highlighted lived their lives to impress others; they did it because they loved God and others. I encourage you to strive to be that Proverbs woman, and men those words can be adapted to you.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.